Observing the pace and rhythm of New York City from an aerial perspective is just absolutely hypnotic. The so called “rat race” is so evident. Relentless streams of yellow taxis lining the avenues, the droves of pedestrians hastily crossing streets controlled by traffic signals, tiny figures vanishing into and emerging from the subway stations, the noise of blaring horns and sirens. It’s all so chaotic and yet rhythmic and without it, New York would not be New York. It is indeed the city that never sleeps and images shot by Navid Baraty demonstrate it.
In a collection of photographs called Intersection, the Brooklyn-based photographer takes these striking shots of The Big Apple overhead.
As a young man born and raised in rural Ohio, Baraty’s artistic hunger led him from his unfulfilling days as an engineer, to becoming a photographer in San Francisco at first, and later New York City. He developed a passion for photography because of its intrinsic ability to involve our senses and relate a story.
Baraty desires that his work faithfully portrays the human condition and mirror the way people think about our planet. Perhaps it would be safe to say that his series, Intersection, accomplishes that. Seeing the bustling streets of the city directly from above gives a more total perspective, and reveals the soul of the city in ways not possible from other vantage points. “Anyone who’s walked around a city looking up at the grandeur of the towering buildings knows how small you can feel amid such giants,” said Baraty.
“I wanted to instead look down from those dizzying heights and capture a surreal and altered perspective on the familiar chaotic but rhythmic life below. While there’s undeniable beauty in abstracting architecture into angles and reflections, I was attracted even more by the unique character of each city that could still be perceived from far above.”
Baraty’s photographs have been featured in National Geographic as well as in other publications and exhibitions around the world. His work has earned many awards and has been used in some large-scale installations.
See his series called Intersection over at his website.